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PBA gives ways to Gilas games, sets 2017 opener on Dec. 17

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association has moved further to December 17 the opening of its 2017-18 season to give way to the window periods of competition of the Asian World Cup qualifier to be participated in by Gilas Pilipinas.

The PBA opens its next season late in the year, allowing complete focus on Team Philippines’ training and actual participation on the first window period of the World Cup home-and-away qualifying series in November.

Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA.com
Gilas plays Japan at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium in Tokyo on November 24 then battles Chinese Taipei at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.

The initial round of the qualifier involves two other windows — the second in February and the third and last in June-July.

“With the season opening on December, it also means little conflict of the PBA schedule with the other Gilas games. The PBA is in its elimination stages during the second and third FIBA windows,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.

Author: Nelson Beltran, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/10/06/1746123/pba-gives-ways-gilas-games-sets-2017-opener-dec.-17

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